Monday, January 31, 2011

Out here all night

Photos: Chris
Dress: J.Crew (super sale)
Booties: Kate Spade v. TjMaxx ($35 sale & gift card)
Bag: H&M ($17)
Belt: vintage (photoshoot)
tights: American Apparel ($20)
bracelet c/o ModCloth
How was your weekend? Relaxing? Cold? Both? It was both here! More snow in the forecast this week, but for now just very chilly. This is what I wore out on Friday night to my birthday dinner with friends. I've been saving this dress for a long time, waiting for a special occasion, and Friday was the perfect night for it. The color is one of my absolute favorites, and the cut was nice and relaxed.

I had a great two-day birthday celebration. As I said on Thursday, I met my mom in Portsmouth, NH and had lunch at the Friendly Toast, and afterwards I took myself out to spend the gift cards I received for Christmas. This is one of my favorite little rituals, I save all the gift cards I receive for Christmas until my birthday, and then take myself out shopping. Not only does it feel like I'm buying myself birthday gifts, but usually by the end of January, everything is on super sale! I've been eyeing these Kate Spade booties at TjMaxx for a couple of months, but had to wait until the price went down. Lucky for me, they were only $35 on Thursday! I love the little ruffle at the top.

I have to say January has been swell, but I'm ready for February. Are you going to the IFB Conference next week? I am and I can't wait! It's my first year going, but I'm glad I waited. I feel as if it will be very beneficial for me this year. Do you have any Valentines Day plans? Happy January 31st!
Have you checked out ModCloth's Cozy Up Sale yet?

38 comments:

Paper Heart Girl said...

Lovely dress! I love velvet and that little belt is very cute. xxxxx

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Dawn said...

I look forward to your posts...you look so pretty...have a great day! Dawn

Rachel said...

That's such a great velvet dress, and it looks so pretty on you! :D

lindsay fisher-collie said...

i love this outfit- simple and beautiful!

I Don't Wear Jeans said...

Beautiful dress.

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sparkle is a color (Katrina) said...

I am dying over how perfect this outfit is. I love everything about it. That dress is divine!

xx, Katrina

Futurelint said...

The velvet and gold looks so '70s luxe on you!

Laura said...

lovely dress!


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Becca [Free Honey] said...

Happy belated birthday (twitter birthday wishes still count, right?)! I adore the outfit - that's absolutely one of my favorite colors as well. Hope all is well and you all are managing in the raging snow up there. I can't resist giving myself a little congratulatory high five every time it snows there - seriously, I made it out just in time!

Mici Milovaného said...

I totally adore velvet dresses!!

Melanie said...

Don't know how you're outside in a sleeveless dress--brrr. You look great though. I really like that dress and your belt!

Melanie@Unravelled Threads
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Hilary Grace said...

What a gorgeous dress! So ideal.
I love your birthday ritual. I do something similar, except I can't save Christmas giftcards because mine's in June. Anyway I love taking a little part of the day and spending it shopping alone, even if it's just at a goodwill or something. There's something special about it.

Sounds like you had a great weekend. Have fun at the conference! (I'm really ready for the snow.. are you?)

cb said...

what a great dress! i rarely go for velvet but when i do i love it so! i love that color with your hair and the leggings look great!

xo,
cb

kelsey said...

Soo ready for February! You look amazing, as always, lady!

Lexie, Little Boat said...

the color of that dress is stunning! i'm so glad you had a happy birthday weekend! :)

Courtney said...

Love love LOVE that dress!

--Courtney

the other emily said...

When I saw your first photo in my reader, I thought the dress was black and thought, Ooh, how chic. Then when I saw it full size and realized it was purple... wow! This looks simply great on you - a perfect look for what sounds like a great birthday :)
the other emily

Jason Lieder said...

Nice set, the hair is lookin great in these. Thanks for posting.

Bad Taste Toast said...

Your hair looks SO beautiful! And the dress and how you combined it, the whole look is so pretty! I love it!!

The Bohemienne said...

What a steal on those booties! And I love the velvet dress--this outfit is really great.

Jenny said...

Like your outfit especially the tights and booties

Krystal said...

Happy happy late bday!

GIRL AND CLOSET said...

Your hair is looking gorgeous in these pics -love! And those Kate Spade booties are delightful, they look great with the rest of the outfit. I love your gift card tradition, sounds so fun. xx veronika

elanor, said...

love the boots and dress paired together. you're such a doll.

x

wikigirl said...

Cute outfit! I hope you had a lovely birthday :) We don't have any plans for V day yet, I'm just hoping my workaholic bf will actually have time to do something with me lol :)

Terri said...

what wonderful shoes and what a bargain. Beautiful color and texture in the dress.

allison said...

beautiful outfit! Love the velvet!

oh- and as a fellow cat owner, I think you'll dig the print I have up in my etsy!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/67101978/meowhaus-cat-alphabet-print

:)

Danielle C said...

Really like your poka dot leggings! They seem to go well with almost any outfit and add a hint of cuteness to everything. I must get a pair lol.

www.mrschong.com

Anonymous said...

perfection Julie! Wish we were friends so I could borrow. What happened to formspring :(

ps-HAPPY Belated!

Marie-Renée said...

this outfit is so pretty!

Katie @ Beautifully Pure said...

What a lovely outfit! I love the color of that dress, and the tights are adorable - especially paired with the dress and boots. <3

Aww! You're so lucky! I would love to go to the IFB conference, but my parents wouldn't let me, even if I could afford it. :-P

~ Katie
http://www.beautifully-pure.com

Sandy Joe said...

Everyone should drape themselves in velvet. Lovely dress! I'm always thrilled to find Kate Spade shoes at discount outlets.

Becca Jane said...

I absolutely love that velvet dress. Beauty

One Day in April said...

I just love your hair! Gorgeous!
x Melody

http://onedayinapril.wordpress.com

Moorea Seal said...

oh my gooooooood i love love love that dress + your whole outfit. i just tweeted the other day about how i wanted a dress just like this! but also, in my dream world, i would have smaller, ahem, curves up top than what currently reside on my bod. but eh, this is real life. that dress looks so great on your girl! so pretty!
xo. Moorea

Morgan and Lua said...

Great dress! Love the deep maroon with polka dot tight.
I'll be in NYC while you girls are here! Hope we get a chance to meet up and I can experience your style in real life!

Chelsey said...

Love this entire outfit. So awesome.

Kimberellie said...

you are just so lovely. and this outfit is lovely.

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